Gus Dean, No. 32 Gree Cooling Products Chevy Race Review: Pocono

Gus Dean, No. 32 Gree Cooling Products Chevy Race Review: Pocono

The emotions of professional auto racing were in full swing for the Win-Tron Racing team during Friday afternoon’s ModSpace 150 at Pocono (Pa.)

After putting their No. 32 GREE Cooling Products | Baker Distributing Chevrolet inside the top-five during practice, GREE Racing driver Gus Dean (@gusdean) scored his first career General Tire pole a few hours later nudging Todd Gilliland for the top spot by eight-one thousandths of a second.

The pole, however, would be the only highlight of the team’s day.

Battling a loose race car during the early laps at Pocono, Dean dropped from first to fourth, but on Lap 8, Dean could be seen considerably closing the gap of his competition – but not before Dean’s No. 32 GREE Cooling Products | Baker Distributing Chevrolet day began to unravel on Lap 9 when he spun in the tunnel turn.

Keeping his car out of the wall, Dean pitted for new tires, fuel and three rounds down on the track. Unfortunately, while catching the field for the impending restart, Dean’s tire blew enter Turn 1 under caution and sent their Chevrolet hard into the wall.

The Bluffton, S.C.-native limped his mangled car back to the garage area, where the team deemed the damage terminal resulting in a disappointing 27th place finish.

“It was not the afternoon we were hoping for, that’s for sure," Dean said. "After starting on the pole, our No. 32 GREE Cooling Products/Baker Distributing Chevrolet was a little free but fast.

"Going into Turn 2, I believe we got some trash on the tires and spun in the tunnel turn. After a four tire stop, we quickly blew a right front into Turn 1 and it was a hard hit.

“I’m sorry to GREE, Tradewinds and Baker Distributing that we couldn’t have a finish to go along with my first pole, but I’m super proud of Jamie (Jones, crew chief) and my Win-Tron Racing team.

“We will never quit. We will never back down. We’re not done yet. In fact, we’re just getting started. This is just a bump in the road and we’ll show again why we’re contenders in a few weeks at Springfield.”

The ARCA Racing Series returns to action in the Allen Crowe 100 at the Springfield Mile on Sunday, August 19. Practice is scheduled for 9 am CT, General Tire Pole Qualifying is slated for 11 am CT, and the race will go green at 1:40 pm CT live on MAVTV. ARCARacing.com will have live timing, scoring, track updates and scanner audio for registered users.

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